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Don’t mess with Mother Nature … comments CSea
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Posted by Green Life Staff

Only someone living in a cave or under a rock will not be able to observe the climate change happening now.  We have unusual weather patterns where the winter season is colder and the summer season is hotter, not to mention that the seasons now overlap more than ever.  As many will say, you can smell it in the air, see it on the ground and feel it in your bones.

So what is a gardener to do when gardening heavily depends on the climate?  Well, let’s adapt to the changes, of course!  This is what our forefathers did before us and we can certainly do it again.

Select Native Plants

With globalization, we have experienced non-native plants being cultivated in many areas of the world.  In many ways, this is a good move considering that biodiversity is a desirable quality in our ecosystems.

The problem, however, begins when the non-native species begin to ruin the natural ecology of the area.  This is possible when the new species carry new diseases to which the local plants have no prior immunity as well as when the non-native plants become invasive.

With that being the case, we should consider reverting to native plants.  This way, you can bring back the natural ecosystem where the plants have been able to adapt to the local conditions.  Plus, you need not worry about feeding water-hungry plants in an area known for being dry and vice-versa.

Rein in Your Lawn

In the first place, do you really need a lawn?  Maybe not especially when you consider the negative impact lawns exert on the environment – the pesticides and fertilizers used on lawns can seep toxic chemicals into the soil while the lawnmowers emit noxious fumes into the air.

Instead, you should put your front yard to good use by planting fruits and vegetables in it. Not only will you be able to help the environment with organic gardening but you will also benefit in terms of good health from the organic foods and the exercise.

Mulch Like There Is No Tomorrow

And speaking of organic gardening, you should mulch as much as possible.  This accomplishes two things:  First, it lessens the trash thrown into the landfills as mulch comes from compost that, in turn, is made of kitchen and garden wastes.  Second, mulch acts as protective barrier against water loss and pests, thus, lessening the need for water and toxic chemicals, respectively.

Help the Animals

It is not only the human species that will be affected by climate change.  We must look after the animals of the Earth especially those involved in food production.  We are talking of everything from little insects like bees and butterflies to big animals like cows and fishes.

While you are it, you should also make sure that you do your part in conserving the other animals of the world.  We have hard choices to make and we have no better time than now to start making them.

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Environmental justice means the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to environmental policies.

The Faces of the Grassroots contest is an opportunity to publicly exhibit creativity with environmental justice stories, and connect with others working to raise awareness of the movement.

Videos can focus on any environmental justice activity, issue, or topic. Examples would be a music video about climate change, or a video recording a successful environmental justice project that has made a community a healthier and happier place to live.

Awards will be given to the winning submissions in each category. The videos will also be featured on EPA’s Web site and may be used as public service announcements.

Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST on Thursday, April 8, 2010. EPA will announce winners in honor of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.

Categories and prize money:

Public Service Announcements (30 or 60 seconds)
1st Place – $2,500
2nd Place – $1,500
3rd Place – $1,000
Student Winner – $500 (13-18 years old)

Informational Video (3-5 minutes)
1st Place – $2,500
2nd Place – $1,500
3rd Place – $1,000
Student Winner – $500 (13-18 years old)

More information and the promotional video: http://www.epa.gov/compliance/environmentaljustice/events/video-contest.html

by Brian Merchant, Brooklyn, New York on 01.27.10

eats radioactive waste

Photo via Science Daily

// Nuclear waste is probably the most dreaded substances in existence, in part because it’s proved so difficult to effectively clean up and store. But a stunning new breakthrough has just surfaced that may make cleaning up radioactive waste easier and much more efficient–and the solution takes its inspiration from one of everyone’s favorite creepy plants. Researchers have developed a material that opens its pores to let in its intended prey–the radioactive ion cesium–then “snaps shut” to entrap it, according to Science Daily. It’s a Venus Flytrap that eats radioactive waste instead of flies.

The flytrap-like material is evidently a snythetic material made from “layers of a gallium, sulfur and antimony compound,” and was developed by researchers at Northwestern University.

The radioactive ion cesium, found in nuclear waste, is very difficult to clean up. And that’s because the ratio of harmless sodium ions to dangerous radioactive cesium ions is 1,000 to 1. There’s tons more sodium than cesium–one scientist on the project even said that looking for the radioactive material in nuclear waste is “like looking for a needle in a haystack.” But the material the scientists developed turned out to be extremely adept at removing the cesium from a sodium-heavy solution–thanks to its Venus flytrap-like qualities.

SD explains:

It is, in fact, cesium itself that triggers a structural change in the material, causing it to snap shut its pores, or windows, and trap the cesium ions within. The material sequesters 100 percent of the cesium ions from the solution while at the same time ignoring all the sodium ions.

Which is pretty amazing–a material that can selectively snag and confine only the radioactive ions in nuclear waste could be instrumental in nuclear waste cleanup. Especially since there are over a hundred nuclear power plants across the US keeping their radioactive waste in storage onsite.

excessive radioactivity

One of the most fascinating things about the discovery is how it can trap literally every single radioactive cesium ion without bothering to absorb any sodium ions–sort of like how a Venus Flytrap doesn’t bother with drops of rain or debris that falls into its ‘mouth’ and attacks only the flies. Again, SD explains how this works:

The snap-shut Venus flytrap mechanism occurs because ‘soft’ materials like to interact with each other. A cesium ion is big and soft, and the metal-sulfide material is soft, too. The cesium ions are attracted to the material, specifically the sulfur atoms, and together form a weak bond. This interaction causes the material to change shape, close its windows and trap the cesium — like a juicy insect in a flytrap. Sodium, which is clothed in water molecules, can’t trigger the response.

It will certainly be interesting to see how this develops, and if this can successfully be transformed into a major new way to cleanup nuclear waste.

SOURCE:   http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/01/venust-flytrap-snares-radioactive-waste.php?campaign=daily_nl

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Having found that the Google Reader allows me to access only the articles pertinent to REDUCING POLLUTION in the air from exhaust and toxic carbons as well as the man made electrical energy; you will be directed there for current updates.

These external frequencies ARE NOT harmonizing within the normal 6-8Hz frequency that humans, animals and the earth operate at.

The external electromagnetic fields operating at many different are not with the same range.  Hence, our body is not ADAPTING TO THE ENVIRONMENT as it was intended.

Technology is available to reverse polarization and protect yourself, your pets and life as we know it.  Research it.

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We are so blessed to be given the gift to immediately support President Obama’s mission to REMAKE AMERICA.  So give thanks and do a little more each day while setting a good example!

WHAT, you ask … how am I blessed in these tough times?

Healing the economy and environment could be a far more difficult challenge for us. It could have gotten worse than the Great Depression. If that does not seriously impact your thought process; get online and research it. You will GIVE THANKS things are not worse in the US and throughout the world. YES it is still bad here and abroad but far better than it could be.

The good news is that the WAKE UP CALL requiring everyone to conserve along with the nomination of President Obama is giving us specific actions to take without much effort.

We must create even more new jobs and many will be green in that they will support defending and protecting the environment. These green income opportunities already surround us. Are you earning from protecting the environment / supporting the Energy Plan and helping people understand how to simply reduce their carbon footprint?

If not, find a way to do it. What is your most favorite thing to do? Is it an ‘accepted’ green action? Find a place for you to create YOUR ECO LEGACY and DO It.

I have mine and you are welcome to check them out and see if anything fits you like a glove. Click on COMMENTS right below the title and detail what you are looking for; where you can truly shine..

It begins with a strong commitment to educate and put that knowledge into action. Share your gift, your green actions with everyone in supporting President Obama as WE REMAKE AMERICA TOGETHER.

Yes indeed, it is a new Era for many related to our economic situation and new President with a new repowering America agenda.

So, we are given the privilege of helping our students and their schools to become more educated on how they can defend the environment. How they can actively involve the community in projects that will create more sustainability, conservation and protection.

These initiatives will not only positively impact the environment but create challenges across this great nation and solutions in the communities that benefit them the most. This is growing Parent interest and participation as well. We believe they will be sharing it with their co-workers and spreading the word.

GREEN INITIATIVE in Wilbur by the Sea, FL … a local group of Children and I went to the seashore and removed all the man made trash and learned about the flora we encountered. We discussed the results of the trash winding up in our ocean and how powerful their contributions are to saving our planet.

Seeing their bright smiles and the excitement about their results and what they learned was very gratifying. We are doing this monthly and they are taking the idea to their schools and encouraging others to get involved and Make A Difference.

We will be proposing ‘challenges’ to neighboring communities to see who can engage more people and more results. This will create more enthusiasm and competition within the Schools.

Great fun with a greater purpose. Enjoy being creative and post your successes here.